Waters of Black Gold: The Straits of Hormuz Part 2

CIMSEC – This article will focus on Iran’s actual maritime capabilities and discusses whether their threats to close down oil shipment in the Strait of Hormuz are credible or not.

Iranian Navy Missile Boat Harasses Three U.S. Navy Ships, Marine Helo in Strait of Hormuz

USNI News – Three U.S. Navy ships and a Marine helicopter were harassed during a night transit of the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday, including the shining of a laser at a CH-53 helicopter.

Naval Mines Are A Growing Threat Near The Mandeb Strait

The Drive – The potential threat to international commerce posed by naval mines remains palpable. This is especially true when it comes to their deployment around known geographical bottlenecks. When those bottlenecks convey a large portion of the world’s daily oil supply, destabilizing any one of them could have massive economic and even life-safety repercussions around the globe. This is why the growing threat of naval mines in the Strait of Mandeb, the narrow body of water that ties the Red Sea to the Gulf of Aden, is so concerning.

Waters of Black Gold: The Straits of Hormuz Part 1

CIMSEC – This article deals with the strategic importance of the Strait of Hormuz for global energy markets and political stability in the Arab Gulf region, as well as understanding Iran’s maritime strategy of using asymmetrical warfare to disrupt vital energy shipping transiting the Strait.

This Presence Will Continue Forever: An Assessment of Iranian Naval Capabilities in the Red Sea

CIMSEC – International attention has focused on the possibilities of an Iranian closure of the Straits of Hormuz, and the catastrophic effect a blockade would likely have on global energy supplies. Even a temporary closure or military disruption in the waterway would cause energy prices to soar and could politically destabilize the Persian Gulf region. Far less attention has been paid to Iranian activity in the Red Sea, however, despite the crucial importance of the Bab-el-Mandeb Strait to world oil shipments.

Iranian ships ‘force’ US and Royal Navy vessels to change course

BBC – A US Navy ship was forced to change course when fast-moving Iranian vessels approached it in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iranian Naval Forces: A Tale of Two Navies

US Navy Office of Naval Intelligence – The 2017 Office of Naval Intelligence report, Iranian Naval Forces: A Tale of Two Navies.

Iran Navy fleet set to cross Atlantic Ocean in near future

PressTV – Iran’s Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari says the country’s naval forces should have a far-reaching arm in the high seas, adding that they will sail across the Atlantic in the near future.

Iranian Boats Harass Another U.S. Navy Patrol Coastal Ship In Persian Gulf

USNI News – A U.S. Navy patrol coastal ship was harassed by seven Iranian vessels on Sunday and narrowly avoided colliding with one, in the latest in a string of incidents in the Persian Gulf.

More Naval Incidents Reported in Persian Gulf

Defense News – Three more close encounters have been reported between US Navy warships and vessels operated by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps navy (IRGCN). In one instance, a US warship fired warning shots at an Iranian vessel.

Iran vessels make ‘high speed intercept’ of U.S. ship

Reuters – Four of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) vessels “harassed” a U.S. warship on Tuesday near the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran frees US sailors held in Gulf

BBC – Iran’s Revolutionary Guards have released 10 US sailors held for entering its territorial waters in the Gulf

Iran conducts ‘provocative’ live rocket tests near US ships

BBC – Iran’s navy conducted rocket tests last week near US warships and other commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.

Navy equipped with long-range cruise missile ‘Ghadir’

Mehr – A mass number of long-range anti-warship cruise missiles dubbed ‘Ghadir’ have been delivered to Iranian navy on the occasion of National Navy Day on Nov. 28.

Iranian warship points weapon at U.S. helicopter

CNN – An Iranian warship briefly pointed weapons on its deck at a U.S. military helicopter and coalition warship two weeks ago in the Gulf of Aden.

Pentagon says Iran warships ‘linked up’ with cargo vessel

Reuters – The Pentagon said on Tuesday that two Iranian warships have “linked up” with a cargo ship that Iran has said is carrying humanitarian aid to Yemen, as activists on board the vessel said it was due to arrive at the Yemeni port of Hodaida on Thursday.

Iran navy fires shots at tanker as tensions rise in Gulf

Reuters – Iranian naval vessels fired shots at a Singapore-flagged tanker in the Gulf on Thursday, in what appeared to be Iran’s latest attempt to settle a legal dispute by force with passing commercial vessels.

Iran’s Latest Round of Maritime Brinksmanship

USNI News – Iran’s recent seizure and release of the Marshall Islands flagged M/V Maersk Tigris could be what Iran claims it is, a reaction to a decade-long dispute over shipping containers that were diverted to the UAE and never delivered to Iran. More likely however, it is a thinly veiled attempt at brinkmanship to remind the United States of the kind of trouble that Iran can stir up in the Strait of Hormuz. – See more at: http://news.usni.org/2015/05/11/analysis-irans-latest-round-of-maritime-brinksmanship#sthash.Ladh4PjJ.dpuf

Iranian warships will escort Yemen-bound cargo ship

Reuters – Iranian warships will accompany a cargo ship bound for the Yemeni port of Hodaida, which is held by Iran-allied Houthi fighters. The Iran-flagged Iran Shahed cargo ship set sail on Monday and could be intercepted by Saudi-led coalition forces.

Iranian Revolutionary Guards seize cargo ship in Gulf

Reuters – Iranian patrol boats intercepted a cargo ship in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday and forced it into Iranian territorial waters by firing shots across its bow, prompting the U.S. Navy to send a destroyer and reconnaissance plane to monitor the situation.

Iran Dispatches Naval Flotilla to Gulf of Aden

Wall Street Journal – Iran dispatched a naval flotilla to the Gulf of Aden on Wednesday, a move that could raise tensions between the Islamic Republic and a Saudi-led coalition conducting a military campaign in Yemen, which borders the waterway.

Iran Stages Giant Attack on Mock Aircraft Carrier

War is Boring – Iran has carried out a massive attack on a mock version of an American Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. Tehran wanted everyone to know about it—state TV broadcasted the military exercise live. It’s a revealing look at Iranian naval assault tactics, involving several waves of ships backed by helicopters and shore-launched missiles. The timing isn’t a coincidence. The United States and Iran are deadlocked over a deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program.

Iranian Navy – China and Iran Deepening Naval Ties, Iran Calls for Bilateral Blue Water Exercise

USNI News – Last week’s meeting between the heads of the Iranian Navy and the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in Beijing are the latest in a bilateral campaign to increase military to military cooperation and a recognition of growing Chinese interests in the Middle East.

Iranian Navy – The Pasdaran have published on Twitter how they would attack a US ship in the Strait of Hormuz

The Aviationist – The IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps), the branch of Iran’s military whose role is to protect Tehran’s Islamic system, have published on Twitter an interesting drawing showing how they imagine an attack to an enemy warship entering the Persian Gulf.

Iranian Navy – Mockup of American Carrier to be Used as Target in Iranian Exercise

USNI News – A mock-up of an American aircraft carrier will be used as a target by Iranian naval forces in an upcoming exercise.